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Top Choice Island in Chake Chake

Misali Island

Surrounded by crystal waters and stunning coral reefs, Misali offers some of the best diving in East Africa, while snorkelling is spectacular and easily reached from the beach. Around the island, nesting turtles fav…
Wildlife Reserve in Pemba

Ngezi Forest Reserve

In far northeastern Pemba, dense and wonderfully lush Ngezi is one of the last remaining areas of indigenous forest that once covered much of the island, and as close to rainforest that you'll get anywhere on Zanzib…
Wildlife Reserve in Pemba

Kidike Flying Fox Sanctuary

Kidike Sanctuary is home to a spectacular colony of Pemba flying foxes, a large bat indigenous to Pemba (called popo in Swahili). About 4000 individuals hang in a patch of trees, often taking to the air, clearly vis…
Ruins in Chake Chake

Mkame Ndume Ruins

The ruined palace of Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman, who ruled Pemba prior to the arrival of the Portuguese (late 15th to early 16th centuries), is an evocative spot. Rahman had a reputation for cruelty and was known as …
Factory in Chake Chake

ZSTC Clove Oil Distillery

Pemba is well known for its clove industry, and this distillery is where the clove stems are turned into essential oil. It's operated by the Zanzibar State Trading Corporation (ZSTC) and also here on occasion are ci…
Ruins in Chake Chake

Ras Mkumbuu Ruins

Ras Mkumbuu is the headland at the end of the thin strip of land jutting into the sea northwest of Chake Chake. It's also the name given to the ruins of an ancient settlement, once called Qanbalu, dating from the 8t…
Beach in Kigomasha Peninsula

Vumawimbi Beach

Stepping onto Vumawimbi, you may need to rub your eyes to check you haven’t gone to heaven, so idyllic is the view. Stretching along the east side of the Kigomasha Peninsula, and north of Ngezi Forest Reserve, not m…
Lighthouse in Kigomasha Peninsula

Ras Kigomasha Lighthouse

Located on the headland (ras) at the far northern tip of the Kigomasha Peninsula, this lighthouse was built by the British in 1900 and is still actively maintained by its keeper. Unlike many lighthouses on Zanzibar …
Marine Reserve in Pemba

Pemba Channel Conservation Area

The waters and islets along the entire west coast of Pemba are officially protected as the Pemba Channel Conservation Area (PECCA). The aim is to benefit wildlife, natural resources and local people. All divers and …
Museum in Chake Chake

Pemba Museum

Filling an 18th-century Omani fort, which was probably built on the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese garrison, this small museum has well-organised (if a little dusty) displays on island history. You’ll get a lo…